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Edited by Robert W. Creamer
September 03, 1973
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September 03, 1973


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Bobby Floyd is a graduate of Lawrence (Kans.) High School who is headed for Texas Christian on a football scholarship. He was chosen to play with the East All-Stars in a Kansas high school East-West football game. He was also a pitcher and first baseman for the Lawrence Hawks in American Legion baseball. The Hawks were in a district tournament in Ottawa, Kans. Practice for the all-star football game was in Wichita, 150 miles away. Floyd therefore commuted from Wichita to Ottawa so that he could play in the baseball tournament, too.

After football practice one Monday, he drove to Ottawa and pitched a three-hitter. He made the same trip Tuesday and played first base. Did the same Wednesday for a doubleheader, which Lawrence had to sweep to capture the district title. Floyd hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the 13th to win the first game, and another three-run homer in the first inning of the second game, which Lawrence won to take the title and move on to the state tournament.

The state tournament began Friday at McPherson, only 55 miles from Wichita. but on Friday the football coaches said no, because their game was that night. Floyd started in the defensive secondary but played on offense long enough to lead the East in rushing and set up its only touchdown. On Saturday he rested, and on Sunday he played only two innings of baseball. On Monday, at full throttle again, he pitched a three-hit shutout and hit a two-run homer as Lawrence won 3-0, and on Tuesday, when Lawrence was finally eliminated, he had one hit, scored two runs and pitched three innings of relief.

Wonder if there were any track meets he could have looked in on as he drove back and forth from Wichita?

The excitement over graphite-shafted golf clubs (SCORECARD, April 30) has spilled over into fishing where, according to Jim Green of Fenwick Products, graphite fly rods and casting rods "will have such an astounding impact on the fisherman's performance that all of the old standards as we've known them will disappear or be changed." The great appeal of the graphite rod is its lightness in comparison to its stiffness. The graphites, because of their lighter weight and responsiveness, are remarkably sensitive. The only drawback is price: about $150 for a casting rod, $200 for a fly rod.


A new college football rule may make the game less gabby and the quarterbacks less articulate. It requires that every player wear a mouth protector or a tooth guard, rather like the boxers wear. Not only do they protect the teeth but, according to physicians, they will help cut down on concussions.

What nobody seemed to foresee is that the mouthpieces make it much more difficult for the wearers to speak distinctly. One college coach says they raise problems for quarterbacks in particular, especially when they want to use an audible at the line of scrimmage, and also for players calling out defensive signals. Kansas has ordered special guards that enable quarterbacks to be heard more clearly over the roar of the crowd. Of the standard tooth guards David Jaynes, Kansas quarterback, says, "You can give signals and instructions just as loud but it's harder to make yourself understood."

And, as is known to anyone who ever has stood along the sidelines at a football game, an awful lot of what might be called conversation—threats, needling—goes on between opposing linemen. This year, down in the pit, there may be just a lot of glub-glubbing.


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